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Outlook 



THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND FACULTY AND STAFF WEEKLY NEWSPAPER 



Vol urn e 16 



Maryland 
and IBM: 
a Super 
Partnership 

Page 3 



Number 7 * October 9 , 2001 




Oh, What a Wonderful Time 

Homecoming Celebrates Class of 1951 



America had survived the 
Great Depression. World 
War II had just ended. 
The GI Bill meant new opportu- 
nities for war-weary veterans. 




PHOTO BY MIKE MOflGAN 



Maryland alumni Ollie Errsor and his 
wife, Helene, look forward to next 
weekend's homecoming festivities. 



It is in this climate that the 
university's class of "51 began 
its post-secondary education. 
"It was really a wonderful 
time to go to school," says Ollie 
Elisor, who earned a bache- 
lor's degree in education and 
a master's in 1960, also in 
education. "You had people 
from poor families who 
never thought they'd have a 
chance to go to college. It 
was a fun time." 

Ensor and many of his 
fellow alumni will gather on 
the campus next weekend 
for homecoming activities 
celebrating their years at 
Maryland. To help ensure a 
large turnout, he made nearly 
300 phone calls to former 
classmates encouraging them 
attend the festivities. 

"I did it out of my loy- 
alty to the school and to see 
my friends. I knew a lot of 
people," he says. "I worked in 
the dining hall, I'm in a frater- 

See HOMECOMING, page 3 



Bringing Opportunities to 
Students' Front Doors 



Academically talented upper- 

elassmen looking for a more ful- 
filling campus experience need 
look no further than Beyond 
the Classroom (BTC). Not a des- 
tination. Beyond the Classroom 
Living & Learning Community 
is a program designed to con- 
nect students with resources 
and each other. 

Her job is less than three 
months old, but already pro- 
gram director Jeanne Steffes has 
big plans for BTC. She wants to 
provide access to on- and off- 
campus research, information 
about internships and opportu- 
nities for community service. 
Students design an instructional 
program including activities 
from all three areas. 

"1 want to connect students 
to something of value; each 
other, an academic path, 
resources," said Steffes, who 
comes to the Office of Under- 
graduate Studies department 
from Northwestern, where she 
worked with faculty programs. 
Steffes finished her doctorate in 
education, policy and leader- 
ship at Maryland last May. 

Though students in estab- 
lished living and learning com- 
munities, such as Gemstone and 
College Park Scholars, have 
gone through a selection 
process, they must apply to be 
in BTC. The application process 
was an essay explaining why 



they wanted to be a part of this 
program, said Steffes, For this 
past year, anyone who applied 
through the Resident Life lot- 
ten' process was eligible to be 
part of the program. 

More than 300 of the 451 res- 
idents of Building One of South 
Campus Commons, where BTC 




PHOTO BY CYNTHIA MITCHEL 

Beyond the Classroom Program 
Director Jeanne Steffes 

is based, are participants. 
Another 300 or so who live in 
other dormitories also take part 
ill the new initiative. An official 
building dedication ceremony ' 
was held last Friday, but work at 
BTC began not long after resi- 
dents began moving in on Aug. 
23. Interest sessions were held 
to gauge what students were 

See BEYOND, page 3 



Building a Network of Like Minded People 



To call it an organization 
may sound too official, and 
the term network comes off 
a bit too formal, but the 
Returning Peace Corps Vol- 
unteers is a loosely organ- 
ized group of people at the 
University of Maryland 
whose common interest is 
the Peace Corps. 

Approximately 90 people 
are part of a database in the 
RPCV. The group formed in 
1997 to help with Peace 
Corps recruitment. The 
recruiter at the time was 
only on campus about once 
a week, and there wasn't 
much of a Peace Corps pres- 
ence at the university, said 
Elizabeth McGovern, direc- 
tor of global initiatives for 
the James MacGregor Burns 
Academy of Leadership. The 
RPCVs, made up of faculty 




PHOTO BY LAUflA LEE 

Elizabeth McGovern, RPCV co- 
ordinator and Peace Corps cam- 
pus representative, works a 
table at last week's career fair. 

and graduate students, help 
recruit prospective volun- 
teers and share their experi- 
ences in the Peace Corps. 



They also network with 
each other. 

"We thought this was 
such a great campus; it 
seems natural this would be 
an opportunity students 
would want to take," McGov- 
ern said. 

Since the development 
arid growth of RPCV, the 
number of active Maryland 
volunteers has more than 
doubled. There are 108 vol- 
unteers working around the 
world now and 30 percent 
of Maryland's volunteers are 
minority students (the Peace 
Corps averages 1 5 percent 
minority representation). 

McGovern has become 
the point person for the 
Peace Corps at the universi- 
ty and she works closely 

See PEACE CORPS, page 3 



Center for Young Children Reopens 



Nancy Hey, associate 
director of the univer- 
sity's Center for Young 
Children, had four minutes to 
get approximately 30 people 
to a safe place before the tor- 
nado that hit College Park two 
weeks ago touched down near 
her building. 

"My husband called me 
from home to tell me," said 
Hey." I asked the aide at the 
front desk to tell everyone up 
front to take cover. I ran 
around and told everyone else 
in the center to take cover." 

Last Wednesday, the center 
reopened. 

During the tornado, parents 
and their children crouched 
under built-in tables inside of 
the center's observation 
booths that are built between 
each pair of classrooms. When 
the wind died down, Hey 
stepped into the center's 
Great Room and found glass 
and debris from the room's 
second floor windows every- 
where. 

"1 went to check on every- 
one. There were no injuries." 

Hey commented on the 
calm of die children. She cred- 
its their resiliency for getting 
them through the scary time. 

Campus police moved the 
group to Elkton's basement. 
Damage in nearby Easton dor- 
mitory forced the group to 
Hagerstown's basement. "Then 
we went to the locker rooms 
at the recreation center," said 
Hey. It was 9 p.m. before they 
received an all-clear to go home. 

"But we couldn't get our 




Back at the center for the first time in more than a week, children enjoy 
afternoon recess with the added attraction of bulldozers and big trucks. 



cars." Hey spent the night at a 
nearby Quality Inn and 
returned to the center the 
next morning. After police 
took photos of her car, she 
was aUowed to drive it back to 
her Rockviile neighborhood. 

Located between Lot 2 and 
the Denton Community, the 
childcare and kindergarten 
facility suffered severe struc- 
tural damage. Outside, aU of 
die sod and sand needed to be 
replaced because of glass and 
debris. Playground equipment 
and some fencing also needed 
to be replaced. 

Hey said Beth Warner, a clin- 
ical psychologist and assistant 
director of the Counseling 
Center, normally comes once a 
week to talk with the chil- 
dren. She's been scheduling 
more hours at the center to 
help staff and children talk 
about the incident. One little 



boy brought his toolkit to 
school so he could help fix it. 
A few are still shaken. 

"One little boy's mom said 
that whenever it rains, he 
thinks a tornado automatically 
comes," said Hey. 

She, too, is a bit jittery. She 
purchased a radio for her 
office and bought extra flash- 
lights for the center. And she 
received a reminder in the 
mail recently of the tornado's 
tremendous force and reach. 

"A form from the center 
came in an unmarked enve- 
lope with a postmark from 
Randallstown — dial's north of 
Baltimore. A note said the 
form was found on a corner. It 
was from our shed, which was 
destroyed. The shed stored 
our trikes, scooters and 
archives," said Hey. "The per- 
son saw our address on [the 
form] and mailed it back." 



OCTOBER 9, 2001 



dateline 
maryland 



YOUR GUIDE TO UNIVERSITY EVENTS: OCTOBER 9-16 



October 9 

12 noon. Author Lecture 
and Book Signing: Harvey 

Meyer son Lecture Room D, 
National Archives at College 
Park, 8601 Adelphi Road. 
"Nature's Army: "When Soldiers 
Fought for Yosemite." For more 
information and to make reser- 
vations, call (202) 208-7345. 

3-4:30 p.m.. Community 
Service-Learning Town 

Meeting Prince George's 
Room, Stamp Student Union. 
For more information, contact 
Megan Cooperman at 5-0741 or 
msussman@accmail.umd.edu, 
or visit www.umd.edu/csp. 

4 p.m.. Physics Colloquium: 
Probing The New Frontier 
Of Materials With The Near- 
Field Microwave Micro- 
scope 1410 Physics. With 
Steven Anlage, associate profes- 
sor of physics, University of 
Maryland. For more informa- 
tion, call 5-5945. 



IDIISDtV 



October 10 

8:45 a.m. -4 p.m., OIT Short- 
course Training: Intro to 
MS Access 4404 Computer & 
Space Science. The fee is $90. 
To register, visit www.oit.umd. 
edu/sc. For more information, 
contact the OIT Training Ser- 
vices Coordinator at 5-0443 or 
oit-training@umail.iimd.edu.* 

10 a.m. -1p.m., Inventors 
Seminar: Creative Thoughts 
from Successful Inventors 
on the Technology-Innova- 
tion Process Details in For 
Your Interest, page 4. 

12-1 p.m.. Are You Ready 
to Quit Smoking? Details in 
For Your Interest, page 4. 

12-1 p.m., Research and 
Development Presentation: 
Asian American Studies 
Program and Asian Ameri- 
can Students On Campus 
01 14 Counseling Center, Shoe- 
maker Building. With Seung- 
Kyung Kim, associate profes- 
sor, Women's Studies and affili- 
ate associate professor, Anthro- 
pology. All interested are invit- 
ed. For more information, con- 
tact Vivian Boyd, Counseling 
Center director, at 4-7675. 

12:30-2 p.m., IRIS Brown 
Bag Series: Does Corrup- 



tion Delay Trade Reform? 

1 101 Morrill Hall. It has been 
famously conjectured that in 
the presence of inefficient 
rules and regulations, corrup- 
tion might "grease" the wheels 
of commerce and improve wel- 
fare. Omar Azfiar will discuss a 
paper in which he and Young 
Lee provide evidence that in 
the case of international trade, 
corruption contributes to the 
persistence of these restrictions. 
For more information, contact 
Jennifer Munro at 5-3721 or 
jenniferm@iris.econ. umd.edu, 
or visit www.iris.umd.edu. 

3 p.m., Art Department Fall 
2001 Lecture Series West 
Gallery, Art-Sociology Building. 
Rodney Greenblatt, a Maryland 
native and director of the Cen- 
ter for Advanced Whimsy', is a 
painter, sculptor, author, illus- 
trator and designer of video 
action games. For more infor- 
mation, contact Claudia Mc- 
Monte at McMonte2@aol.com. 

6-8 p.m., Netscape Page 
Composer: Making Web 

Pages the Easy Way 4404 
Computer & Space Science. 
Introductory class. Prerequisite: 
basic Web browsing ability. 
$10 for students/GAs, $20 for 
faculty/staff and $25 for alum- 
ni. For more information, con- 
tact Carol Warrington at 5-2938 
or cwpost@umd5.umd.edu. 
Or visit www.oit.umd.edu/pt.* 

7-8:15 p.m.. Where All the 
Latinos At?! 0106 Francis 
Scott Key. A workshop and 
presentation on leadership and 
activism in the Latino commu- 
nity and how to make a change. 
For more information, contact 
Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Senori- 
tas Latinas Unidas Sorority Inc. 
at 4-4890 or SLU_Upsilon@ 
hotmail.com. Or visit www. 
sigmalambdaupsil on . org . 

7-10 p.m., Community 
Police Academy — Session 

4 2141 Patapsco Building. The 
Department of Public Safety 
sponsors its fourth session of 
the highly acclaimed 8-week 
academy starting this evening. 
For more information, contact 
Sgt. Christopher Jagoe at 5-0539 
or cjagoe@umpd.umd. edu, or 
visit www.umpd.umd.edu. 



October 11 

12-1 p.m.. Resiliency in 
Tough Times Details in For 
Your Interest, page 4. 



12-1:15 p.m.. Love and Vio- 
lence: Personal and Cultur- 
al Narratives of Violent 
Heterosexual Relationships 

0200 Skinner Building. With 
Julia T.Wood, professor and 
director of graduate studies in 
the Communication Studies 
Department at the University 
of North Carolina. Part of the 
Communication Department 
Centennial Colloquium Series. 
For more information, contact 
Trevor Parry-Giles at 
tp54@umail.umd.edu, or visit 
www. comm . umd . edu . 

12-2 p.m., Building Interdis- 
ciplinary Connections at 
the Intersections of Race, 
Gender and Ethnicity 0105 

St. Mary's Hall (Multipurpose 
Room, Language House). With 
Lynn Eber of the University of 
South Carolina, giving a talk 
entitled "Methodological 
Approaches to Intersections." 
Sponsored by the Consortium 
on Race, Gender and Ethnicity, 
directed by Bonnie Dill Thor- 
ton of Women's Studies. For 
more information, call 5-2931. 

4-5 p.m.. Distinguished 
Scholar-Teacher Lecture 

Details in For Your Interest, 
page 4. 

4-6 p.m., AGNR Alumni 
Chapter Welcome Bash 
Animal Sciences Complex. 
Alumni, students, faculty and 
staff are welcome. Hear from 
the dean and associate deans 
of the College of Agriculture 
and Natural Resources, fol- 
lowed by a televised watch of 
die Maryland vs. Georgia Tech 
football game. For more infor- 
mation, contact Gail Yciser at 5- 
2434 or gy6@umail.umd.edu. 



October 12 

8 a.m. -3 p.m.. Graduate 
School Fair Details in For 
Your Interest, page 4. 

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Conference: 
The Interest Group Connec- 
tion Grand Ballroom Lounge, 
Stamp Student Union. Top aca- 
demics from around the nation 
will examine the growing role 
of interest groups across all 
political sectors. The keynote 
speaker is Al From, founder 
and CEO of the Democratic 
Leadership Council. The DLC, 
representing moderate democ- 
rats, has become the dominant 
faction in the Democratic Party 
and played a major role in shift- 



Cuisine and Culture — today! 

Come join the International Student Council (ISC) at the Inter- 
national Lunch on Tuesday, Oct. 9 on Hornbake Mall at 12 
p.m. Sample food from around the world, including Indian, 
German, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Iranian and more. Sit outside 
and enjoy your lunch while listening to music and entertainment. 
Food prices vary. For more information, contact Max Musil, ISC 
president, at maxxyy@hotmail.com. 






ing the national political agen- 
da in the 1 990s. Conference 
sessions cover the connections 
between interest groups, cam- 
paign spending and the three 
major branches of government. 
Sponsored by the Center for 
American Politics and Citizen- 
ship. RSVP to srichman@capc. 
umd.edu by Oct. 10. For more 
information, call 5-9968. 



October 13 

10 a.m. -12 p.m.. First time 
Homebuyers Seminar Stamp 
Student Union. Join the Young 

Alumni Club and a panel of 
experts, including a representa- 
tive from the Fannie Mae Foun- 
dation, who will discuss die pro- 
cess of buying your first home. 
The cost is $15 for Alumni 
Association members, $20 non- 
members (breakfast included). 
For more information, contact 
Llatetra Brown at 3-2728, ext. 

11 orLB166@umail.umd.edu. 

8 p.m., Free Concert: New 
Millennium Ensemble 

Gildenhorn Recital Hall, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center. One of America's top 
contemporary music ensem- 
bles performs Olivier Messiaens 
"Quatuor pour la fin du temps" 
and a work by Morton Feldman. 
Part of the new music festival 
"Music of Our Time: A Discov- 
ery Series," sponsored by the 
School's Theory & Composi- 
tion Division. For more infor- 
mation, visit www.umd.edu/ 
music/calendar or call 5 -ARTS. 



October 15 

2 p.m.. Control and Dynam- 
ical Systems Invited Lec- 
ture Series: Modeling and 
Control of Thin Film Depo- 
sition 2460 A.V. Williams 
Building. With Martha Gallivan, 
Department of Mechanical 
Engineering, Control and 
Dynamical Systems at Caltech. 
One of a continuing series of 
lectures on current topics per- 
tinent to control and dynami- 
cal systems. For more informa- 
tion, visit www.isr.umd.edu/ 
Labs/ISL/events.html. 

4 p.m.. Seminar on Anti- 
Rent Riots in 1 Sth-Century 
New York 1 1 02 Francis Scott 
Key Hall. Details in For Your 
Interest, page 4. 

4-5:30 p.m., Suche Newes 
as on the Queries Hye 
Wayes We Have Mett: The 



News and Intelligence Net- 
works of Elizabeth Talbot, 
Countess of Shrewsbury 
<c. 1527-1 608) 01 35 Taliaferro 
Hall. With James Daybell, 
research fellow in history, Uni- 
versity of Reading, UK. Co-spon- 
sored by the Department of 
English and the Center for Re- 
naissance and Baroque Studies. 
For more information, contact 
Karen Nelson at knl5@umail. 
umd.edu or Marshall Grossman 
at mg76@umail.umd.edu. 



October 16 

12:30 p.m., Works-in- 
Progress Series 01 35 Talia- 
ferro Hall. Details in For Your 
Interest, page 4. 

3 p.m.. President's Awards 

Memorial Chapel. Details in 
For Your Interest, page 4. 

4 p.m.. Physics Colloqui- 
um: Probing The Nucleon 
With Electron Scattering 

1410 Physics. With Elizabeth 
Beise, associate professor of 
physics, Univ. of Maryland. For 
more information, call 5-5945. 

4-6 p.m.. Racial Roots and 
Tensions Nyumburu Cultural 
Center. Details in For Your 
Interest, page 4. 



calendar guide 

Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-xxjix or S-xjotx stand for the prefix 314 or 405. Calendar information for Outlook Is compiled from a combination of InforM's master 
calendar and submissions to the Outlook office. Submissions are due two weeks prior to the date of publication. To reach the calendar editor, call 405-7615 or e-mail to 
outlook@accmaii.umcl.edu. 'Events are free and open to the public unless noted by an asterisk [*). 



Outlook 



Outlook b the weekly faculty-staff 
newspaper serving the University ol 
Maryland ompm community, 

Brodie Remington -Vice 
President tW Univenity Relations 

Teresa Flannery • Executive 
Director of University 
Communications and Director of 
Marketing 

George Cathcart • Executive 
Editor 

Monette Austin Bailey ■ Editor 

Cynthia Mitchel ■ Art Director 

Laura Lee ■ Graduate Assistant 

Letters to the editor, story sugges- 
tions and campus information ate 
welcome. Please submit all material 
two weeks before the Tuesday of 
publication. 

Send material to Editor, Outlook, 
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MD 20742 

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OUTLOOK 



Homecoming: Fifty Years 

Continued from page 1 



nity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. I was 
in the men's glee club, a tenor 
soloist." 

He credits Harry Clifton "Cur- 
ley" Byrd, president of the uni- 
versity from 1935-54, with help- 
ing create a welcoming, sup- 
portive environment for stu- 
dents. Ensor also feels Byrd's 
vision moved Maryland from "a 
little cow college" to a universi- 
ty of note. 

"It seemed to break forth 
after the war," said Ensor, who 
also served as director of men's 
housing from 1958-61 "We had 
a good group." 

The group included former 
U.S. Sen. Joe Tydings and Hugh 
Newell Jacobsen, the award-win- 



ning architect of the new alum- 
ni center, both of whom will be 
on campus. Tydings will speak 
at the Class of 1951 Emeritus 
Luncheon on Oct. 19 and Jacob- 
sen will speak during the cock- 
tail reception and dinner later 
that evening. 

Ensor, whose wife and four 
cliildren are all Maryland alum- 
ni, doesn't consider all of his 
phone work for the Alumni 
Association to be a big deal. It's 
the least he could do. 

"Many of the class have given 
large gifts. People remember 
what the university did for 
them," he said. "This is payback 
for all the things the university 
did for me." 



Other Homecoming Highlights 



Thursday, Oct. 18 

Alumni College 

"The Best of Times: America in 
the Clinton Years,"a talk by Philip 
Merrill College of Journalism fac- 
ulty members and Pulitzer Prize 
winners David Broderand 
Haynes Johnson. 

6 p.m., Reception 

7 p.m., Program 

$15 for Alumni Association 
members. $25 for non-members. 
Contact Stephanie Tadlock at (301) 
403-2728, ext. 14 or 800-336-3627, 
or stadlock@accmail.umd.edu. 

Saturday* Oct. 20 

Homecoming Alumni 
Band Reunion 

8 a.m. Registration (also avail- 
able on Friday at 7 p.m.) 

9 a.m. Field practice at the 
John E. Wakefield Band Room, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center 

Play along with the Mighty 



Sound of Maryland during the 
pre-game performance and time- 
outs. Contact Marianne Kassabi- 
an '90, (301) 210-4972 or 
mkass@landrover.com, or visit 
www.umd.edu/bands/alumni. 

Annual Homecoming 
Festival 

10 a.m.-1 p.m.. Picnic area out- 
side of Tyser Tower entrance to 
Byrd Stadium. Rain or shine. 

Enjoy live music, free food and 
beverages, see real terrapin tur- 
tles, receive free gifts for alumni 
association members, participate 
in a tailgate competition and 
more. Contact Lori Hill '89 at (301 ) 
403-2728, ext. 12, or 800-336- 
8627, or LH1 10@umaif.umd.edu. 

For a complete schedule of 
events, visit www.alumni.umd. 
edu, or contact Lori Hill at (301) 
403-2728, ext. 12, or 800-336-8627 
or LH1 10@umail.umd.edu. 



Beyond! Coming Together 

Continued from page 1 



looking for in the program. A 
detailed survey went to all mem- 
bers of the program to assess 
what kinds of research, intern- 
ship and community service 
opportunities students wanted. 
Based on feedback from the 
interest meetings, topics in the 
survey included apartment 
cooking, the law school applica- 
tion process, establishing good 
credit and job-hunting skills. 
Steffes envisions BTC as an active, 
people-focused clearinghouse 
for information with a Web-based 
component so that students can 
help themselves as well. 

To help shape the program, 
Steffes enlisted a steering com- 
mittee, an advisory council, a 
programming council and a stu- 
dent council. She wants input 
from all parts of the campus, 
but mainly students because 
they are the focus of the effort. 

The idea of living and learn- 
ing programs, said Steffes, is not 
new. Since the early '70s, univer- 
sities have tried to attract and 



retain honor students. At Mary- 
land, the James MacGregor 
Burns Academy of Leadersliip's 
Nance Lucas started the first 
such community for those inter- 
ested in public service, said 
Steffes. Living and learning com- 
munities offer freshmen and 
sophomore students access to 
tenured faculty and help make a 
large university seem much 
smaller. However, many upper- 
classmen felt a void after the 
two-year programs ended, said 
Steffes. BTC seeks to fill that 
void for students at Maryland. 

Steffes is excited about 
Beyond the Classroom's poten- 
tial, in part because the student 
participants wUl help shape 
what it will become. The Web 
site will be Med with contacts 
for professional and personal 
fulfillment opportunities that 
are the result of student feed- 
back. Steffes looks forward to 
the fun as well as the work. 

"This is bringing everything 
together," she said. 



New Computing Partnership Promises 
Progress for University, IBM 



The University of 
Maryland recent- 
ly announced 
the launch of a Center 
for Scientific Computa- 
tion and Mathematical 
Modeling, a new high 
performance comput- 
ing partnership with 
the Deep Computing 
Institute of IBM, and an 
applied mathematics 
and scientific computa- 
tion graduate program. 

"Through Maryland's 
work in biology, com- 
puter science, earth sci- 
ence, mathematics and 
the physical sciences, 
we are already a region- 
al leader in scientific 
computation and mathe- 
matical modeling," said 
Steve H alperin, dean of the 
College of Computer, Mathe- 
matical and Physical Science. 
"With this program, Maryland 
will quickly become a national 
leader in new technological 
areas that stand at the critical 
interface between scientific 
disciplines and liigh end com- 
puting," he said. 

James Drake, professor of 
physics and interim director 
of the university's new center, 
says research will focus on 
the real-world scientific prob- 
lems for which computation 
is critical. 

"Scientific computation is 
central to investigations rang- 
ing from the dynamics of com- 
plex systems such as weather, 
to computer visualization and 
recognition technologies and 
the analysis of large data sets 
like those created by earth 
imaging satellites," Drake said. 
"Center work will cover all 
these areas, with initial focus 
on three high-visibility science 
problems: weather and climate 
forecasting, the dynamics of 
astrophysical magnetic fields 
and protein folding. 




PHOTO BY CYNTHIA MITCHCL 



Bill Pulleyblank, William Destler and 
James Drake stand in front of the new 
IBM parallel processing supercomputer 
for the Center for Scientific Computation 
and Mathematical Modeling. 



"The campus has recog- 
nized expertise in these fields, 
with a number of scientists of 
international stature," Drake 
said. "In each case, the center 
will pool expertise both on 
campus and through national 
and international collabora- 
tions, enabling faculty to make 
important advances on die 
forefront problems in these 
areas" 

IBM is supporting the new 
center through one of the 
company's Shared University 
Research (SUR) awards. The 
award is in the form of $ 1 .2 
million in high performance 
computing equipment, prima- 
rily an IBM parallel processing 
supercomputer. The machine 
is IBM's SP with a 32 proces- 
sor configuration and a 2.4 ter- 
abyte (TB) data storage sys- 
tem. Through the center, 
Maryland and IBM will collab- 
orate on algorithm develop- 
ment for parallel architectures 
and science applications. Tliis 
joint project will focus on 
three areas: performance opti- 
mization and testing of state- 
of-the-art science application 



codes for advanced parallel 
architectures, Earth science 
data assimilation and protein 
structure and function. 

"fBM places great value on 
the long-term relationship we 
have with the University of 
Maryland," said Bill Pulley- 
blank, director, Exploratory 
Server Systems and director of 
IBM's Deep Computing Insti- 
tute. "The area of deep com- 
puting holds much promise in 
addressing critical issues fac- 
ing our society today, and we 
look forward to working with 
the faculty and students on 
joint research projects to im- 
prove our fundamental under- 
standing of the world around 
us and possibly improve the 
quality of our lives." 

"The SUR program has for 
years been the focus of a 
strong relationship between 
the university and IBM," said 
Halperin. "Joint projects have 
ranged from information secu- 
rity through e-business and 
netccntricity to digital 
libraries .We are very grateful 
for IBM's vital support 
through this wonderful gift." 

"The rapid growth over the 
past quarter century in the 
speed and data handling capa- 
bility of high performance 
computers has transformed 
the methodology of scientific 
investigatto n ," s aid Drake . 
"Computing has not only 
joined experiment and theory 
as one of the fundamental 
tools of investigation, it has 
altered the kind of experiment 
that is performed and expand- 
ed the scope of theory. 

"Through its new center we 
believe that Maryland will play 
an instrumental role in future 
rapid advances in computa- 
tional science and mathemati- 
cal modeling, and in the use of 
these tools to advance scientif- 
ic knowledge and to improve 
the quality of people's lives." 



Peace Corps: Sharing the Experience 

Continued from page 1 



with Rebecca Trimble, the 
regional recruiter, as well as 
with campus offices such as 
Community Service Programs, 
Study Abroad, Intern alio rial 
Affairs and the Career Center. 
She said many of the RPCVs 
have found ways to educate 
their students by using their 
Peace Corps experiences. 

Anne Pitsch, an RPCV who 
is the conflict management 
coordinator of University of 
Maryland/National University 
of Rwanda Partnership, gives 
classroom presentations on 
her experiences in the Peace 
Corps in Montenia. She said 
that she gives students a realis- 
tic idea of the experience and 
tells them the hard part isn't 
necessarily adjusting to living 
without running water, but 
dealing with cultural differ- 
ences and feelings of isolation. 



"People in the United States 
need to go outside of them- 
selves and get perspective on 
people in other countries. It's 
really important," she said. 
" [Talking about it] helps 
spread the word about Peace 
Corps and what benefits you 
get from it, what you can give 
to other people, and what you 
can do with that experience 
after you leave." 

DaveTheison, an RPCV who 
spent three and a half years in 
the mid '70s in Fiji, said he 
doesn't miss a chance to share 
his experiences with his 
upper level students. An 
astronomy professor, Theison 
said he sets aside time to give 
his 'Peace Corps commericaT 
every semester. 

"It's an enormously valuable 
experience for a young person 
to go through," Theison said. 



On Thursday, Nov. 8, 
the university will 
host Peace Corps 
Day in the Prince George's 
Room of the Stamp Student 
Union. For more information 
call Elizabeth McGovern at or 
(301) 405-3860 or visit 
www. academy.umd.edu/edu- 
cation/peacecorps. 



He added that the many volun- 
teers learn just as much about 
themselves and America as 
they work in different commu- 
nities. 

"One of the Peace Corps 
goals was not just to serve in 
the country you were assigned 
to, but to bring your learnings 
back home " McGovern said. 
"It was an exchange." 



OCTOBER 9, 2001 






President's Awards 

University President Dan Mote 
is pleased to announce the 
recipients of the President's 
Awards, to be presented at the 
Faculty and Staff Convocation 
on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. in 
Memorial Chapel. 

The recipient of the Presi- 
dent's Medal will be Irwin 
Goldstein, Dean of the College 
of Behavioral and Social Sci- 
ences. The recipients of the 
President's Distinguished Ser- 
vices Awards will be: J an David- 
son, Resident Life; Ken Krouse, 
Chief of Police; William McLean, 
Academic Affairs; Maureen 
Meyer, Engineering; Robert 
Stumpff, Building and Land- 
scape Services; and Laura Wll- 
desen, Facilities Maintenance. 

For more information, con- 
tact Sapienza Barone at (501) 
405-5790 or sbarone ©deans. 
umd.edu. 



Gymkana's Saturday 
Gymnastics Program 

Gymkana's Saturday Program 
provides a whoelsome oppor- 
tunity for young boys and girls 
of all abilities to learn gymnas- 
tics while at the same time 
stressing healthy drug-free liv- 
ing withought the pressure of 
competition. The program runs 
over an eight week interim 
through the winter months and 
begins Saturday, Oct, 13. There 
are three classes for various 
ages and experience levels, 
held in the Health and Human 
Performance Building. The cost 
is $ 1 35 and there is a discount 
for enrollment in multiple class- 
es. For more information con- 
tact Scott Welsh or Josh Mont- 
fort at (301) 405-2566. 



Inventors Seminar 

Facility, staff and students are 
invited to the seminar "Creative 
Thoughts from Successful 
Inventors on the Technology- 
Lnnovation Process." James A. 
Poulos, 111, executive director, 
Office of Technology Commer- 
cialization, and Chuan Liu, vice 
president and dean. Research 
and Graduate Studies, will pro- 
vide welcome remarks. The 
presenters are Robert Fischell, 
founder, NeuroPace, Inc. (he 
has been awarded more than 
100 U.S. patents in the medical 
arts field); Fred Wellstood, asso- 
ciate professor, physics (he has 
developed multiple inventions 
and has been awarded three 
U.S. patents; also, several of his 
technologies have been 
licensed to industry); and Doug 
Goldhush, patent attorney, 
Arent Fox (expert on the legal 
aspects of inventorship). 






International House Coffee Hour 

Join the International House every Wednesday afternoon for 
International Coffee Hour in the basement lounge of Dorch- 
ester Had. Free coffee and snacks are served from 3-4:30 p.m., 
sponsored by International Education Services. For more informa- 
tion, call Jody Hecfcman at 4-7742. 



The seminar is limited to 50 
attendees; it is free and lunch 
will be provided. RSVP 

The seminar will take place 
on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 10 
a.rn.-l p.m. in 0100 Marie 
Mount Hall. For more informa- 
tion, contact the Office of Tech- 
nology Commercialization at 
(301)403-2711 ext. 10 or 
otc@umail.umd.edu, or visit 
www.otc.umd.edu. 



Resiliency in Tough Times 

Feeling a little frazzled after the 
tragedies this fall? Tom Ruggieri 
and Joan Bellsey of the Faculty 
Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) 
say, don't worry, you are not 
alone. The counselors empha- 
size that it Ls important to take 
care of ourselves during these 
stressful times. Take an hour 
out of your busy schedule to 
attend a presenta don/discus- 
sion on "Staying Resilient in 
Tough Times" at the CRC in 
Room 0121 (Center for Health 
and Wei I being). These work- 
shops, all held from 12-1 p.m.. 
will be presented by Ruggieri 
and Bellsey. The remaining ses- 
sions are: Thursday, Oct. 1 1 ; 
Tuesday, Oct. 1 6 and Tuesday, 
Oct. 23. 

For more information, call 
the FSAP at (301) 314-8170 or 
the center at (301) 314-1493. 



Worfcs-in-Progress 
Series 

Professor Frank Hildy of the 
Department of Theatre will dis- 
cuss his work "The Oldest The- 
atre in Spain, The Corral de 
Comedias at Almagro." The 
presentation is the semester's 
first event in the Works-in- 
Progress series, sponsored by 
the Center for Renaissance and 
Baroque Studies. This monthly 
series offers a forum for schol- 
ars on campus to share their 
most current research on the 
early modern period. This 
month's discussion will be held 
on Tuesday, Oct. 1 6 at 1 2:30 
p.m. in the CRBS Conference 
Room, 1 35 Taliaferro Hall. 
Please plan to bring your 
lunch. The center will provide 
coffee and dessert. 

For further information, con- 
tact Adele Seeff, Director, Cen- 
ter for Renaissance and 
Baroque Studies, 5-6830. 



Be a Quitter! 

Tliis four-part, small group 
smoking cessation class is 
designed to engage participants 
in healthy and effective tobac- 
co cessation practices. Partici- 
pants will identify and develop 
smoke-free ways to cope with 
pressures and cravings to use 
tobacco. Traditional and non- 
traditional methods for quirting 
will he examined and individu- 
alized cessation plans will be 
developed. Special topics such 
as weight control and tech- 
niques for coping with relapse 
will also be discussed. 

'flic class will take place 
from 12-1 p.m. in 2101 Health 



Center beginning on Wednes- 
day, Oct. 10. There is a registra- 
tion fee of $20. For more infor- 
mation, contact at Kelly Dolan 
at (301) 314-8123 or 314-8128 
or dolan@health.umd.edu, or 
visit www.umd.edu/health. 



Racial Roots & Tensions 

Sociologist and professor 
William Julius Wilson will pres- 
ent a talk entided "The Roots of 
Racial Tensions: Urban Ethnic 
Neighborhoods" from 4-6 p.m. 
on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the 
Nyumburu Cultural Center. The 
lecture is part of the yearlong 
Center for Education Policy and 
Leadership Colloquium Series 
"Diversity and Community in 
American Life," sponsored by 
the College of Education's 
Department of Education Poli- 
cy and Leadership. 

Wilson is die Lewis P. and 
Linda L. Geyser University Pro- 
fessor at Harvard University, the 
highest professional distincdon 
for a Harvard faculty member. 

The lecture is free. For more 
information, contact Steven 
Selden, Department of Educa- 
tion Policy and Leadership, at 
ss22@umail.umd.edu. 



Anti-Rent Mobs in 

1 Sth-Century New York 

The Center for Historical Stud- 
ies announces the second semi- 
nar in its 2001-02 series on 
political violence. David Grim- 
sted, Department of History, 
will present a paper entided 
"Riots by Those Who Worked 
Against Those Who Took: New 
York's Anti-Rent Mobs, Ameri- 
can Capitalism, and Jacksonian 
Politics, 1839-1860." Grimstcd is 
the author of "American Mob- 
bing, 1828-1861 : Toward Civil 
War." which was published by 
Oxford University Press in 
1998. Charles W. McCurdy. pro- 
fessor of history at the Universi- 
ty of Virginia, will serve as com- 
mentator. 

The seminar will be held on 
Monday, Oct. 1 5, at 4 p.m. in 
1 102 Francis Scott Key Hall 
(Dean's Conference Room), 
with refreshments served at 
3:30. Discussion will be based 
on a pre-cireulated paper, avail- 
able in the History Department 
office, 21 15 Key. For more 
information, contact Stephen 
Johnson at (301) 405-8739 or 
his tory cente r@umai 1 . umd.edu. 



Graduate School Fair 

The Graduate School, the Uni- 
versity Honors Programs and 
the Campus Wide Recruitment 
Committee will host a one-day 
Graduate School Fair on Friday, 
Oct. 12 in the Stamp Student 
Union from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 

An important goal of the fair 
is to identify competitive jun- 
iors and seniors and recruit 
them for graduate study at 
Maryland. Participants will have 
an opportunity to attend enroll- 
ment preparatory workshops, 
engage in an interactive lunch- 
eon with currently enrolled 



graduate students and meet 
with university graduate pro- 
gram representatives. See www. 
admit .umd edu/gradapp/fair. 
html for a full event schedule. 



Maryland/Georgia Tech 
Party at the Goif Course 

On Thursday. Oct. 11 beginning 
at 7 p.m., join your friends for 
an evening of fun and football 
at the Golf Course. Watch the 
game on big screen TVs and 
enjoy a halftime tailgate buffet 
featuring flame-grilled burgers, 
SuperTerp 6-foot subs, chili, 
nachos and more. No reserva- 
tions; seating is on a first-come, 
first-seated basis. Special price 
for faculty/staff: $5. General 
Public $12.50. Private rooms 
availabe for up to 125 of your 
friends. For more information, 
call (301) 403-4240 or e-mail 
ccantore@dining.umd.edu. 



Award for Faculty 
Professional Service & 
Academic Outreach 

The New England Resource 
Center for Higher Education's 
annual Lynton Award for Facul- 
ty Professional Service and Aca- 
demic Outreach recognizes fac- 
ulty members who connect 
their expertise and scholarship 
to community outreach. Recipi- 
ents of the award: 1 ) demon- 
strate sustained effort in out- 
reach and professional service; 
2) utilize innovative and imagi- 
nadve approaches; 3) have an 
institutional impact; and 4) can 
show evidence of external suc- 
cess. A single letter of nomina- 
tion and the nominee's vitae 
must be received by Oct. 15. 
For more information, con- 
tact Ma rie Troppc , Coordinator 
of Service-Learning, at (30 1 ) 
3 1 4-5387 or mtroppe@acc- 
tnail.umd.edu, or visit 
www.umd.edu/CACS. 



Distinguished Scholar 
Teacher Lecture 

The second presentation in this 
year's Distinguished Scholar- 
Teacher Lecture Series will be 
given by Sara Via from the 
Department of Biology. She will 
present "Evolution in Action: 
From Antibiotic Resistance to 
the Origin of Species." 

The lecture will take place 
on Thursday, Oct. 1 1 from 4-5 
p.m. in 1410 Physics. For more 
information, contact Rhonda 
Malone at (30 O 405-2509 or 
rmalone @de an s . umd.edu. 



Ceramics Class at ALC 

Learn to make functional pot- 
tery using the wheel at the Art 
and Learning Center (0232 
Stamp Student Union). The 
class meets from 7-9pm Tues- 
days for 10 weeks beginning 
Oct. 9. Cost (includes of 25 lbs. 
of clay): $ 1 25 for students/$ 1 35 
faculty and staff/$145 general. 

For more information, contact 
Alicia Simon at (301) 314-8492 
or asimon@union.umd.edu.